iOS 10 first beta says “bye” to Game Center, app unlikely to return for official release
posted by Milen Y. / Jun 14, 2016, 6:38 AM
After ditching the skeuomorphic green felt casino design for Game Center in iOS 7, Apple was considering to remove the app all together in time for iOS 8, but instead introduced the so called “White Screen of Death” game crashing bug, which was later fixed in the first beta version of iOS 9.3.2.
Apple's idea is to let game developers implement the social features of Game Center into their games directly, instead of relying on a rarely used standalone app. That's where Apple's universal GameKit framework comes to play. Developers for example, could implement the GameKit leaderboard feature in their respective game, without forcing players to open a separate app just to check scores. That's cool, but it might mean the end of your checking your friends stats across all games... if you were doing it anyway.
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Wow! Google Play Games ehhhhh! Has been better implemented huh!! something which works?? Innovation thought differently!
posted on Jun 14, 2016, 7:04 AM 0
I liked gamecenter when it was introduced. There was a reason for it as it saved progress and connected people in multiplayer. Now lots of games rely on its own native servers, and come with their own set of achievements. But I'm curious how games like RR3 will track your friends - so you can see their driving (times shift mode) without Game Center as its vital for it to connect. Those that say they never used gamecenter - you have no clue how much lifting gamecenter still does in most of your games, automatically in the background. So for a gamer, I'm surprised that Apple is going away with it, vs just improve on it - maybe the devs asked for it since they probably prefer to rely on their own servers for matchmaking and game progress management.
posted on Jun 14, 2016, 1:17 PM 1
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